Jonathan Reimer

John H. Van Gorden Chair in History

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Dr Jonathan Reimer is an Assistant Professor in the History Department. In the Templeton Honors College, he teaches Western Civilization II: Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Before coming to Eastern University, he taught at St Mark’s and Corpus Christi College in Vancouver, Canada, and at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, England. He was also a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Society for Renaissance Studies.

He is an early modern historian who is especially fascinated by the web of religious, political, and social changes that we call the English Reformation(s). His work examines the printers, preachers, and politicians who radically transformed British religion and culture in the wake of Henry VIII’s famous break with Rome. His publications combine history, theology, and bibliography and can be found in journals such as Reformation, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Church History, Augustiniana, The Journal of World History, The Library, and Notes & Queries. He is presently completing his first book on the life and writing of the Tudor clergyman and bestselling devotional author Thomas Becon (1512-1567), which will be published by Princeton University Press. He is also researching a second book on the phenomenon of religious recantation in Reformation Britain and co-authoring a third book entitled The Spiritual Discipline of History. He is also committed to writing for audiences beyond the academy in publications including First Things and Tui Motu InterIslands.

He is privileged to live with his fiercely intelligent and inexhaustibly interesting wife Thea (herself a theologian and scholar) and their imperious, yet lovable, cat Mollie.

  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge: History
  • M.A. and Th.M., Regent College
  • B.A., University of British Columbia: History